Review: Project 333 by Courtney Carver

Posted February 19, 2021 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Project 333 by Courtney CarverProject 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves Less Really Is So Much More by Courtney Carver
Published by Tarcherperigee on March 3, 2020
Genres: Adult Nonfiction
Format: Hardcover (224 pages)
Source: Library
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Wear just 33 items for 3 months and get back all the JOY you were missing while you were worrying what to wear.

In Project 333, minimalist expert and author of Soulful Simplicity Courtney Carver takes a new approach to living simply--starting with your wardrobe. Project 333 promises that not only can you survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months, but you'll thrive just like the thousands of woman who have taken on the challenge and never looked back. Let the de-cluttering begin!

Ever ask yourself how many of the items in your closet you actually wear? In search of a way to pare down on her expensive shopping habit, consistent lack of satisfaction with her purchases, and ever-growing closet, Carver created Project 333. In this book, she guides readers through their closets item-by-item, sifting through all the emotional baggage associated with those oh-so strappy high-heel sandals that cost a fortune but destroy your feet every time you walk more than a few steps to that extensive collection of never-worn little black dresses, to locate the items that actually look and feel like you.

As Carver reveals in this book, once we finally release ourselves from the cyclical nature of consumerism and focus less on our shoes and more on our self-care, we not only look great we feel great-- and we can see a clear path to make other important changes in our lives that reach far beyond our closets. With tips, solutions, and a closet-full of inspiration, this life-changing minimalist manual shows readers that we are so much more than what we wear, and that who we are and what we have is so much more than enough.


The Basics:

Courtney Carver is the blogger behind, a blog about minimalism and simple living. She created #project333 back in 2010 to help her declutter her closet and reduce the stress related to her expansive wardrobe. Now, ten years later, she gives us Project 333, the book that consolidates everything we need to know about how this minimal fashion challenge is so much more than just that. It’s a way to take back our space, time, and lives.

My Thoughts:

I decided to check out Project 333 because I’ve read Courtney’s blog, listened to her guest host on several podcasts, and have contemplated participating in #project333 many times. I’ve been on a minimalist journey for a few years now, getting rid of the majority of my belongs. But my closets (I have two) steadily remain full. That’s not to say that I’ve never gotten rid of any clothing, because I have. I’ve sold nearly $2,000 worth over the years and donated or trashed other items. The problem is that I continuously purchase more, with the exception of 2020 because I put myself on a shopping ban.

While I haven’t purchased anything new other than one pair of black flats which were on my “allowed” list–my mom bought me a dress and sunglasses for my birthday–I haven’t gotten rid of anything either. There are several items that I can’t think of off the top of my head that I don’t wear and I know that I’ll never wear again. Yet, I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. Project 333 goes pretty deep into why this behavior persists and how to nip it in the bud. I just have to put the strategies into action.

Several reviews point out that Project 333 is essentially Courtney’s blog posts put into book form, and I have to agree. However, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. Not everyone reads blog posts. Someone may need this information, doesn’t read blogs, but they do read books. Now this amazing challenge is available to them!

I love reading blogs, and recognized a lot of the chapters in this book from, but I preferred the book format. The information sticks with me better when it’s presented in an organized format, rather than across several sources. I feel more motivated to actually clear out my closet! At the very least, I feel like I could do a clothing audit and closet cleaning, even if I don’t actually pare down my wardrobe to 33 items.

I highly recommend you check out Project 333 if you’re interested in minimalism or simply want to try something different. Our clothes say so much about us, but do the clothes you actually own say the right thing? Do you even wear the clothes you own? This book will take you step-by-step through the process of shifting your mind set, clearing out your wardrobe, and getting started on the actual #project333 fashion challenge if decide to go that route.

Quotes From Project 333

Minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 isn’t about fashion or clothes, but that’s where it starts. (pg 14)

Whenever I think, I could never or That’s crazy, I know I need more information and that I’ve identified a new area in which to grow and change. (pg 38)

What if “never” statements are really part of our bucket lists? (pg 42)

When someone asks me what my personal style is, I say, “It’s freedom.” (pg 135)

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